American Dynasties: The Kennedys

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Project Details

  • Executive Producer : Louise Norman
  • Executive Produced and Narrated by : Martin Sheen
  • Executive Producer, Development : Adam Hawkins
  • Series Producer: Melanie Archer
  • Archive Producer: Miriam Walsh
  • Series Line Producer: Ros Davidson
  • Consulting Producer: Sam Hobkinson
  • Directed and Produced by: Jonathan Jones and Tim Dunn
  • CNN
  • March 2018

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American Dynasties: The Kennedys is a six-part CNN documentary series that reveals how the personalities, relationships, motivations and convictions of America’s ‘first family’ helped shape the politics of a nation. It explores how the family’s aspirations informed and influenced seismic national and global events during one of the most transformative periods of American history. It is narrated and executive produced by award-winning actor Martin Sheen.

Coming from humble, immigrant origins to become one of the richest and most powerful families in the country, the Kennedys personified the American dream. Through six episodes, we trace the journey of family patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy and his sons – John known as ‘Jack’, Robert known as ‘Bobby’, and Edward known as ‘Ted’, as they carve out their political and personal identities on the public stage. We explore how the family’s dynamics and relationships contributed to this extraordinary dynasty and their pursuit of political power.